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Grateful Dead Live at Boreal Ridge Ski Resort on 1985-08-24

First Set
CD 1
01. Alabama Getaway >
02. Greatest Story Ever Told
03. West L.A. Fadeaway
04. New Minglewood Blues
05. Friend Of The Devil
06. Hell In A Bucket >
07. Don't Ease Me In

Second Set
01. Feel Like A Stranger
02. China Cat Sunflower >
03. I Know You Rider
04. He's Gone >
05. Drums >
06. Space >
07. Truckin' >
08. Black Peter >
09. Around And Around >
10. Turn On Your Lovelight
11. Day Tripper

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Boreal Ridge Ski Resort
Location Donner's Summit, CA

Source AKG's > Sony TCD5M > Sony TCDM > (CM - TDK MA90's)
Lineage Nak DR-10>Midiman Flying Cow 24bit/48kHz A/D>RME Digi96/8> Steinberg's Wavelab 3.0 (bit resolution & resampling to 16/44.1>CDWav beta 1.57 (tracking only)>flac 16
Taped by Charlie Connor
Transferred by Charlie Connor


Reviewer: Durski - - August 28, 2015
Subject: My recollection
There was something going on with the band at this show. Jerry didn't want to play. He walked away after a song and the rest of the band followed him. There was five minutes and they reappeared. My take is that they talked Jerry back. Bad vibes and Jerry was out of it.

Sorry - that's how I remember it.

Beautiful venue. How the people next to me smuggled in bean bag chairs and a 240L tank of nitrous oxide is still a mystery.
Reviewer: POLYPODY - - July 3, 2015
Subject: Billed as "The Highest Dead Concert In The World"
This was Summit Conference I — the first and only concert in Nevada County CA, a hippie stronghold. I didn't attend but friends have told me how disorganized the ingress/egress situation was. The elevation was 7,200 feet, so maybe it actually was the "highest" ever.

There probably would have been a Dead concert or two earlier at the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley (now home to 5 national music festivals), but at that time, the conservative Fair Board of Directors wanted nothing to do with the great unwashed Deadhead scene. That's why Music Futures Presents tried Boreal as an outdoor venue. Big mistake.

For years, I've had a poster for the cancelled Aug. 17, 1986 Summit Conference II show at Boreal, but I just found out it NEVER HAPPENED. Can anyone remember why? Rain?
Reviewer: Slarti - - January 13, 2012
Subject: someone cheered
while listening to 'Feel Like a Stranger', I heard an audience member cheer, a little while later another hooted, and then yet another I heard let out an unplanned whoop. Stupid deadheads, didn't they know they were at the worst dead show of all time? lol
Reviewer: dupree413 - - January 9, 2012
Subject: wow
I know much has already been written about this show. I would have to say this is the worst show I have ever heard. Not saying that makes it the worst show ever - but when Hell in a Bucket is longer than China Cat, Rider, and about the same length as Truckin' - something is up.

Lovelight is tragic and Day Tripper is horrendous.

I don't like to write negatively esp b/c I did not attend. But if you can only talk about your acid trip from this show - something is up.

1 Star in a year I find to be amazingly good (superior to '89, '88, 87, '84).

I just got done listening to the first set from 3/25/85 and if you want a bring yourself back up - go check that entire first set out. More there.

God bless and (try) and enjoy
Reviewer: JKSLC - - June 3, 2010
Subject: he's gone
Doug drove us from salt lake Non stop both ways in his brand new 84 schiacco.It was my first california show and I rememberr jerry sweating in his maroon t shirt.It was hot there on donners summit that day. I will never forget the girl in the lot behind jerrys bus crying and sayng jerry stomped on her roses.
It took us 4 hours to get out of the lot that night and I met some of the best people ive ever partied with in my life.
One strange thing after listening to all these great recordings is that they all seem like the nusic and jerry are running fast.
listen to black peter and slow it down a notch.
then you will hear the tru feeling of the show.
It was Hot,dry and sweaty.
Thanks to who ever re-mastered it and put it up here.
Reviewer: toadboy todd - - December 28, 2009
Subject: watching jerry melt live
i drove up from vegas and remember it was really hot---actually jerry looked like he was going to melt--i also think i remember being stuck in the parking lot for waht seemed like to days because of a traffic jam in the parking lot
Reviewer: Steve Dimig - - November 12, 2009
Subject: Disconnect
I think there is a disconnect here between the experience of the show and the quality of performance. I went to this one. I was like 17 and my brother was 15, newbies. They had an old school bus that took you from the parking lot to the ski area. Some older head most have been amused by our newbiness so he dosed us when we got off the bus. I don't remember much after that until I came back to reality later on a big rock. There was a lot of freaky stuff going on at that show! But even in my altered state, I could tell the band was laboring. They seemed a little worn out by the heat and altitude. Still, this one has a lot of good memories associated with it for me. I remember we rode up with some stupid girls who played simon & garfunkel all the way from LA (not that there is anything wrong with that). The scenery was just amazingly gorgeous.
Reviewer: bluedevil - - October 2, 2008
Subject: lets get real
i was there, had fun with all my tahoe city/donner lake friends, but this show in on way on any scale other than the fun someone have deserve a 5. Thus, a 1 to bring some sanity back to the rating system (or should we just label every GD show a 5?)
Reviewer: dpowwow - - October 2, 2008
Subject: Highest show ever
This was my first show and WOW. Also my first trip. First time for a lot of things. My experienced deadhead cousin turned me on. Drove up the day before and spent the night in the woods around a campfire with about 20 folks from San Fran sharing tales. These 2 guys just handed me what they called 5 hits of purple gels. That morning i bit me off a piece of that KitKat bar, and remember beautiful scenery, beautiful people and good music. There was such a long pause between sets that i took the other 4. Don't remember what was real or not after that. I was up against the stage in front of Jerry hanging on for dear life. Big dust swirls that contained the music. Hot . Bunch of amp kicking on stage. I kept looking back at the big ass crowd that was there. i remember crazies had climbed all the ski lift poles. Very strange surreal atmosphere. The best show ever.
Reviewer: lukemudskipper - - July 9, 2008
Subject: tall pines, soft trip & slide
this show had less to do with the sound than the experience it offered to a 21 year old deadhead. it clearly stands out as one of the best times i ever had a dead show. i wish all those folks who gave this show a negative review in the other post could have been with us. yes, it was hot, the highway patrol was out in true force. we were pulled over for drinking & driving, and let go. -:)after we poured out our wine-coolers. (yep, wine coolers!), the alpine slide, and the ride to the top (anything but a soft-trip)-the boys played their hearts out, and worked twice as hard at giving us their best under the circumstances of a crappy sound system during the first set. though, if you were riding the waves of a pretty good trip, then the sound only added to the allure of the boys already trippy sound. on the way out, some mountain man in a blue van had a black panther on a leash. after all these years, this still stands out as one of the best. thank you jerry, mickey, bobby, billy, phil & brent. the 2nd summit scheduled for august 17th, 1986 never happened.
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